As the Rhode Island State Police took a moment to remember those who died in the line of duty, they also paused to honor trooper Roupen Bastajian who rushed to help survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Every year, Rhode Island state police gather to remember the seven troopers killed in the line of duty since the agency was founded in 1925. But this year, a trooper who’s very much alive was honored as well. Trooper Roupen Bastajian received the State Police service ribbon for aide he rendered at the Boston Marathon bombings.
State police superintendent Steven O’Donnell says Bastajian had just finished running the race when the bombs went off.
“He provided immediate aide and triaged victims, applying tourniquets to many of the injured until medical personnel arrived,” said O’Donnell. “This is another incident of a member of this division who should not have to see what he saw.”
Also honored were members of the state police tactical team and the bomb detective K-9 unit. Both were sent to Boston to help with the investigation.
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